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Friday, January 14, 2005

Kick some ass, Huygens!

For those who rely on shitty media for their news, early this morning the Huygens lander penetrated the atmosphere of Titan. What is the Huygens probe? It's a lander attached to the Cassini mission to Saturn that is intended to discover what, in anything, lies beneath Titan's dense cloud cover. I've been looking forward to this for some time not only because it will be the most distant world ever landed on by Human probes, but also because Titan is thought to be a place where life either may have, or could have, evolved. Huygens might tell us a great deal about our own world.

To read a charmingly bland and uninformative summary, see the Washington Post's coverage and for more detailed information, check out the ESA's Huygens homepage.

If you don't care at all about space exploration, I pity you for your lack of imagination, but look at it this way: this mission is a collaboration between the U.S. (Cassini) and the European Space Agency (Huygens). Doubtless, the ESA also includes the French (Especially given their rocketry experience) so, in the event that Huygens makes some major discoveries, we get to watch Bush try to make nice with "Old Europe."

Oh, baby, c'mon Huygens!

UPDATE:

Oh, yeah- that's what I'm talking about!

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